From Galway to Leenane: Perceptions of Landscape
In 2008 the National Gallery of Ireland acquired a collection of 41 watercolours of West of Ireland scenes by the English topographical artist William Evans of Eton (1798-1877) who taught at the famous public school. Evans travelled to Ireland in 1835 and 1838, touring around Galway and Mayo, recording images of the landscape of Connemara and its inhabitants. Few images of pre-Famine Ireland exist and Evans’s watercolours help us to understand life in the West of Ireland in the first half of the nineteenth century.
These rare watercolours will be included in an exhibition for the first time since they were acquired. Evans’s traditional watercolours will be shown alongside new work by Irish artist, Wendy Judge, who examines the idea of virtual travel and the authentic experience. Two sculptural landscapes, together with related drawings, look at how perceptions of landscape can be mediated through travel, literature and art. While loosely related to Evans’s watercolours, these works, specially created for the show, will prompt visitors to think about the connections between Victorian and contemporary travel and tourism.
An accompanying exhibition brochure by Anne Hodge will be available from the Gallery Shop (€2).